The Difference

June 6, 2011 § 9 Comments

What makes being a sold out christian different from only cracking my bible open on sundays?

So I think for many of us we are content with getting by in life. We are content with getting average grades on tests, content with dating an average partner, content with having an average job that requires no effort, and content with having an average relationship with God that is just enough to get us in heaven.

We’re content with just getting into heaven, rather than storing up treasures in heaven.

Engaging your faith allows you to enable your potential. See, we all go to church on easter and christmas- and when a friend invites us or something bad happens we head off to church. Or there’s the type that you go to church every week, but you don’t take any notes or can’t even remember what scripture the preacher used in the sermon yesterday. If we engage our faith by feeding it with Gods word, we enable our calling in life to be revealed to us.

Question: If I confessed I was a sinner, recieved Christ as my Lord and Savior, but never went to church or read the bible…Would I go to heaven?

Answer: Yes*

*However, why would you waste your time believing in something that you never even make an effort with? Why would you register with the republican party, but never vote for a republican candidate? Why would you profess to be a christian, but never do anything about it?

The true difference for your life lies in this question: Why would I serve a god that couldn’t even save himself?

Muhammad, Buddha, and Gandhi couldn’t even save themselves, so why would you live on their principles?

Jesus was strong enough to save himself and the entire world; He conquered death and rose again on the 3rd day.

So why would you waste your time following somebody or something that couldn’t even same themselves? Why are you wasting your life away not acting on the most powerful force that created this world?

The true difference in your life that you have been waiting for; that rescue from fear, the hope, the belonging, the sense of someone caring for you is right in-front of you. Jesus conquered death, so that you could live to be a difference- not sit around and not make a difference. The difference between being a church attendee and being a vessel of God is whether or not you esteem the difference for your life that Jesus gave you when He was crucified.

Many people believe that Jesus was real. Atheist accept that Jesus was once alive, Muslims believe Jesus was once alive, but neither esteem Christ.

When you esteem Christ for what He did, you cherish the pain, agony, and brutal beatings He went through for you.

Why wouldn’t you give your all to the person that gave you His all by going through more pain and agony than you can even think of?

You’re willing to give up your thoughts, actions, and money to people in this world that wouldn’t even stand up for you if someone was making fun of you- they don’t even care about you one bit. Jesus gave his entire life just for you and you don’t even give him the time of day.

The true difference in your life is whether you esteem Christ for what He did or if you believe and accept what He did.

Matthew 6:20 – But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Galatians 2:20 -I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. 

Matthew 6:24 No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money

The REAL Royal Wedding

April 29, 2011 Comments Off on The REAL Royal Wedding

For many of you, you are staying up late to watch the marriage of Prince William, but have you ever considered that each and everyone of us will get our own royal wedding? (No, I am not joking #foreal)

25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.-Ephesians 5:25-27

 22 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. -Ephesians 5:22-23

Who is the bride that Paul is talking about when he wrote Ephesians? Well, the bride is us, the body of believers, and we are promised our own royal wedding when we are reunited with Christ when he returns. As the bride of Christ, we are waiting for him to come back and return, so that we would be reunited with Him in heaven for our own royal wedding. Oh, and I hope you don’t plan on staying up till 4am to watch this one because you will have far greater things to do than watching a television.

So my question for today is this: are you living your life in a way that represents your engagement to Christ? If you were engaged to prince charming, would you be doing some of the things you’re doing now? Would you be out searching and yearning for the attention that you have been looking for your whole life? If you looked down on your left hand right now and had a huge diamond, would you still be doing what you’ve been doing every weekend for months?

Newsflash: you’re engaged. You’re engaged to the creator of the universe, to the person that loves you so much that He was willing to go through the most painful, humiliating process ever known to mankind for you.  Are you sitting infront of the TV wishing that was you? I hope you’re not because you’ve got something so much greater than anything that will ever be.

Christ loves you more than you would ever know and He wants to give you the ultimate royal wedding, all you have to do is love Him and be faithful to Him – just like you would hope to be to Prince William. Christ is so desperately waiting to see you, but are you living a lifestyle that is preparing you to walk down the isle with Christ in your best condition possible or are you living a life that is just going to get you by and leave people at your wedding wondering what He ever saw in you?

“When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” -John 14:3

Don’t miss out on your ultimate royal wedding and getaway with someone that loves you more than your mind can even fathom. This love and attention that you have been searching for your whole life, it’s right here in front of you! Will you marry Christ or are you going to keep running in the wrong direction?

God First Hoax.

April 26, 2011 Comments Off on God First Hoax.

 Isn’t God supposed to be first in our life? Well, that’s only half true and is honestly one of the ways that the devil will keep you from unlocking your full potential in your walk with Christ. Think about it like this…

So often times we feel like we have to put God first in our day, we try and wake up a few minutes early to spend quiet time and then go about our day. However, you are training yourself to treat God like a chore, something that takes time out of your day that you have to compensate for when you set your alarm clock. Instead of going to hang out with your friends, you remember that you forgot to do quiet time so you make up an excuse why you can’t go out to eat. So, what does putting God first in your life really look like?

The key: put God first in everything that you do in your life; academics, friend circle, campus organizations, and much much more. Instead of skipping time sleeping or hanging out with your friends, have a conversation about Christ with your friends or ask if you can pray for the people in your organization. They key to a truly successful, functional relationship with Christ is putting Him first in every aspect of our life, not just first in our day. 

You see, you end up treating God and cutting him out of the most important things in your life by putting him just in that 30 minute window before you take a shower each day or go to sleep. God doesn’t want to just be first in your day, but first in every priority that you set out to accomplish or be apart of on a daily basis. Don’t worry about putting God first in your day, work on putting God first in everything that you set out to do that day: your friend interaction, your study time at RBD, the music you listen to, or the chapter you attend. Don’t get me wrong, spending quiet time at the very beginning of everyday or before you go to sleep is great and very admirable, but don’t let a 30 minute window be the only time God surfaces in your day!

When our goals for our life align with what God wants for your life, you discover the true power of God. If the devil can’t stop you from going to church and having a daily devotion, he will attack your everyday life and convince you that a 30 minute devotional is enough and that God will understand. Wrong! Put God first in all that you set out to do and you will truly see a difference.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. -Ephesians 5:15-16

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you -Matthew 6:33

So as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer for human passions but for the will of God. -1 Peter 4:2

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